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Web News: Yahoo/Digg, Web 4.0, Soapbox, Gmail, Index Ventures

Web News: Yahoo/Digg, Web 4.0, Soapbox, Gmail, Index Ventures

– Yahoo
implements digg-style voting across some of its products; two opposing
headlines pretty much sum this story up… Yahoo Anecdotal’s headline: It
takes two to Tango (suggesting interaction between Y! developers and their
users); digg’s headline: Yahoo
Shamelessly Rips Off Digg and Brags About It. The first digg commenter on
the story wittily…

How Social Sites Reveal What Your Audience Likes

How Social Sites Reveal What Your Audience Likes

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus

Understanding your audience
is the key to success in any business – including blogging. Lately the Read/WriteWeb
authors have been discussing what it is that keeps readers coming back here. Our recent poll
indicated that most of you come back to this blog for Analysis and
Reviews. We are…

Stray Cinema: Open Source Film-making on the Web

Stray Cinema: Open Source Film-making on the Web

While YouTube and online
video is all the rage currently, I often wonder if there’s anything on these video
websites other than mentos-coke
explosions and bad singing.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy YouTube as much as the next person – but I am also a bit
artsy-fartsy, so I like to see artistic stuff being done on the Web too. One such project
is…

Web 3.0 = (4C + P + VS)

Web 3.0 = (4C + P + VS)

Written by Sramana Mitra

I have written a few pieces already addressing the disjointed nature of the web,
whereby, you go one place for content, another for community, and a third for commerce,
the most notable of these is the popular, 4C:
Yahoo’s Turnaround Formula.

Let’s quickly recap the terminology:

3C = Content, Commerce…

Five Key Takeaways From Microsoft, OpenID Announcement

Five Key Takeaways From Microsoft, OpenID Announcement

Written by Jitendra Gupta of Karmaweb
and edited by Richard MacManus

Bill Gates of Microsoft just
announced a deal with Jan Rain, VeriSign and Sxip to develop integration between Microsoft CardSpace
and the open source project, OpenID. This is an
interesting deal between the software giant in Redmond and a popular open source project,
which…

Yahoo! Pipes and The Web As Database

Yahoo! Pipes and The Web As Database

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus. In this post Alex tests out
and explores the emergent world of Yahoo! Pipes. He sees some interesting parallels with
Relational Databases in the 90’s, concluding that with pipes, the Web essentially becomes
a giant database that can be queried and remixed in any number of ways.

One of the…

Windows Live Confusion – One Year On

Windows Live Confusion – One Year On

Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet has
done an excellent
analysis of Microsoft’s Windows Live brand. Her conclusions are quite damning of
Microsoft’s marketing department:

“Problem No. 1: Live isn’t a consistently applied term: Sometimes it refers to
services (like Windows Live Messenger), sometimes to desktop applications (a k a Windows
Live Search…

1dawg Converts Online Video For Mobile Devices

1dawg Converts Online Video For Mobile Devices

The oddly-named 1dawg is the latest of hundreds of
hopefuls to ride the online video wave. 1dawg’s differentiating factor is that it
provides a free video conversion service to a variety of mobile devices. It’s a seemingly
minor thing to do, but in the current era mobile devices often use incompatible media
formats – and so this really does scratch…

Online Video Industry Index

Online Video Industry Index

Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus

There are now so many companies vying to be the next YouTube, it’s easy to lose track
of them all. So let’s take a look at the entire online video industry and categorize the
major players. Our thanks to Ali Dagli of Savvian, for
providing us a lot of the useful data listed here. 

In…

Poll: Does Location Matter in Web Innovation?

Poll: Does Location Matter in Web Innovation?

This week’s poll relates to a somewhat controversial NY
Times article over the weekend, which suggested that Silicon Valley is more
likely to create innovative and successful tech products than elsewhere in the
world. Obviously Silicon Valley has a lot going for it – it’s a hub for smart
Web technologists, it’s swimming in VC money right now, the…

Web News: Mobile (Microsoft, Yahoo, Nokia), MySpace Filtering

Web News: Mobile (Microsoft, Yahoo, Nokia), MySpace Filtering

– Microsoft
Announces Three New Windows Live Products for Mobile Devices; along with the official
release of Windows Mobile 6, Microsoft has announced 3 new Live products – Live Search
for Windows Mobile, Live Search for Java, and Windows Live for Windows Mobile (a
portal-type offering for mobile including e-mail, instant messaging, search and…

Firefox 3 To Support Offline Apps

Firefox 3 To Support Offline Apps

An interesting tidbit came
out of the recent Foo Camp New Zealand (which unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend).
Robert O’Callahan from Mozilla, who is based in NZ but drives the rendering engine
of Mozilla/FireFox, spoke about
how Firefox 3 will deliver support for offline applications. This is significant because
you’ll be able to use…

Top Web Apps in Latvia

Top Web Apps in Latvia

Latvia is a small country in Northern
Europe, next to Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus. It has a population of 2.3
million, around 38% of whom have Internet access. The ethnicity of the population
(Latvians 60%; Russian 30%) is reflected in the small internet market, because most local
web sites and apps have 2 versions – Latvian and Russian…

Google Search AJAXified

Google Search AJAXified

We’ve just noticed that Google has introduced a bit of Ajax into its main property
Search, by way of integrating Maps on some searches. This feature has been around since
December 2006, but the blogosphere’s response was surprisingly low. Given it marks
the first time Google has used Ajax in its main property, we think this small addition
means a…

Weekly Wrapup, 5-9 February 2007

Weekly Wrapup, 5-9 February 2007

Here is a summary of the week’s Web Tech action on Read/WriteWeb.

Top Web News

All of the big Web companies were in the news this week, but probably the one that
made the most impact (as usual) was Apple. Steve Jobs is the master of getting attention,
and his call for record companies to abolish DRM
was no exception. It turned out that not many…

TVTonic Turns Video Podcasts Into TV Channels

TVTonic Turns Video Podcasts Into TV Channels

TVTonic is billing itself as “The Internet Channel”.
There are plenty of companies muscling into that market currently (the Amazon/TiVO
partnership being the latest example), but TVTonic seems more focused on being a
subscription service for video podcasts. Essentially they are trying to become a TV
station for user-generated or ‘amateur’ content…